Review: 2012 Buick Verano

It’s no secret that Buick is looking to capture the affections (and dollars) of a younger demographic. The automaker has been hard at work refining its existing lineup, while also bringing new models into the fold. As it stands, Buick offers up the requisite blend of premium choices that range from a bulky but quite comfortable crossover and full-size sedan down to a somewhat sporty mid-size. Now, the automaker is also offering up a compact sedan, and we just so happen to have the keys to an example wearing White Diamond Tricoat paint.

 The 2012 Buick Verano could be easily dismissed as a Chevrolet Cruze that’s traded it’s GAP t-shirt for a button-down from Banana Republic. After spending a week with the premium machine, however, we’ve found that there’s a whole lot more to like about the Verano than it’s stylish exterior duds. … Continue Reading

Has the BMW 1 Series become the German Hoon Machine we’ve always hoped it would?

According to a recent story on the . It’s called the M135i, and it gets its forward motivation courtesy of a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that’s saddled with all the caps-lock infused acronyms and tech BMW can throw at it. Europe is getting the hatchback version in both three and five-door hatchback flavors, but it seems we will have to “settle” for the coupe variety here in the States.

From the get-go, we’ve always had an eye on the progress of the 1 Series. Memories of the so-ugly-it’s-beautiful clownshoe still dance in our heads, and we’ve been hoping for something similar ever since the 1 Series came to be here in the U.S. of A. Both the 128 and 135 variants offered up something intriguing for those hoons who enjoy German precision and a lightweight dance partner. Still, neither car was that exciting.

Soon, however, BMW stepped up to the performance plate and delivered the 1M coupe. This whirling dervish of tire destruction produces 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Its I6 motor is helped along by a pair of turbos, and the entire package screams along towards a 7,000 rpm redline. Those shopping for the M3 were forced to keep an eye on their rear-view mirrors, should any 1M owners sniff them out, and stick a pair of kidney grilles right up their asses.

Now BMW is getting ready to plop the M135i upon us, and it seems the 1 Series line offers up a nice variety of choices for those looking for the ultimate driving experience in a smaller (and more affordable) package. Sure, Europe actually have even more choices when it comes to 1 Series shopping, but the U.S-bound lineup is pretty exciting.

Now, if we could just get BMW to toss us a set of keys to prove our theory…

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Modern Art Monday: The 2012 Audi A7

These days it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find faults with the latest new automobiles. Sure, the heated seats might not warm up as fast I’d like, or the satellite radio cuts out in the shortest of tunnels. Maybe the latest economy car only runs from 0-60 miles per hour in eight seconds, but it still returns over 40 miles per gallon on the highway. We live in a time where almost every new car on the market is a solid choice. Still, not all of those choices are ones that make you take a moment and sample the beautiful lines of said vehicle’s exterior.

That’s not the case with the 2012 Audi A7.

In fact, the A7 is one of the most stunning vehicles available right now. Sure, the Porsche Panamera will blow it away between stoplights, and the Mercedes-Benz CLS is a muscle-car in an Armani tux. Still, those two have nothing on the overall visual ecstasy provided by every angle of the Audi A7.

Lines blend, wrap, slide, and sing over its every inch, and it’s almost more fun to be standing outside of it, than it is to sit behind the wheel. That’s why we’re even more excited to introduce our asses to the upcoming S7.

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Mark your calendars for Collector Car Appreciation Day

On July 4th, we celebrate the Independence of our nation. On the fourth Thursday of every November, we give thanks. On August 7th, we celebrate the birth of Jeff Glucker. On December 25th, many of us celebrate Christmas. Now, there is a day to celebrate “collector cars”, and it’s going to be July 13th.

Senator Jon Tester [D-MT] from Montana has put a bill before the Senate to recognize July 13th as Collector Car Appreciation Day. The bill was introduced on May9th, 2012, and was promptly passed. The idea behind making this a special day is “that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage”, according to Senator Tester.

Do we support the passing of this bill? Yes, of course we do, we love cars!

Still, we hope to see the LeMons version of this to pass in the coming years, or perhaps a to celebrate the greatness of the Corvair. Fingers crossed, because when we finally get our own Jim Brennan into the world of politics, we’ll find a way to make this happen.

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New Jersey Police force GT Dream Cars to pump the brakes

A former horse farm in the New Jersey township of Delaware was set to be the stage for some acts of hoonery in various exotic machines. The property was purchased by a company called GT Dream Cars, which bills itself as the “largest, most experienced, affordable super-car driving experience in the world.” Apparently, their  didn’t pay attention to the local zoning laws when they decided to pave over the old horse trail, and turn the property into a private race track. A cease-and-desist letter was served soon after, and the various eight, ten, and twelve cylinder motors were given a break.

The local news paints a rather smug picture of the operation by way of . The writer has a curious appetite for quotation marks that make it seem she’s rather happy to have this operation shut down. Also, it seems New Jersey is overpaying for its exotics per her math. Though, if the town is quite small, we’re sure the long list of GT Dream Cars clients would provide an unending source of frustration for local residents. After all, in just two years of operation, GTDC has managed to provide driving experiences for over 17,000 happy customers.

Wait… what?

, GTDC launched in 2010 as the “first super car driving experience in the North-East”, and has “since set the pace with over 17,000 clients for what all driving experience might someday become.” I think would like a word with the GT Dream Cars dream team.

Regardless, we’re a bit torn on this one. GTDC runs other experiences at the Englishtown Raceway, but it’s always nice to expand into a private facility. We’re sad that someones chance at on-track hoonage has gone away (for now), but we’re not in love with the tone from the Hunterdon Democrat, nor are we so sure of the credentials behind the GTDC operation. We’re not saying they haven’t provided experiences for over 17,000 people, just that 23 people a day, every day, for the last two years seems like an awful lot of happy customers.

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Review: Senna by Asif Kapadia

I was in seat 10E. An aisle seat on a Delta airplane that was traveling from Atlanta to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. I had just finished driving the 2013 Infiniti JX35, and I was ready to settle in for the long haul as the twin CFM International engines prepared to do battle with the winds from the west. Typically, I have trouble sleeping on any flight but this flight I planned on staying up anyway. In my hands was my iPad, in my ears were my Shure SE315 headphones, and on my screen was an icon that was simply titled Senna.

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The first run of Redusernab Decals: SOLD OUT!

Jeff Glucker April 26, 2012 For Sale, Bench

Well, that was quick.

You magnificent bastards bought all the decals we purchased for our first run. Don’t despair if you missed out on this batch, or wanted to buy enough to fund our desire for a real camera crew. We are hard at work (paying the overseas slave laborers in the Redusernab mine) on the next round, and this time we’re buying more.

Also, besides a white decal, we’re going to offer up a black one, and either a silver or orange one. Additionally, we are going to offer a few decals that can be placed inside the windshield rather than on the outside of the car, as some of you are asking for that option.

Besides the decals, the next order of business for the store will be to get it stocked with t-shirts. Beyond that, we’re thinking license plate frames and possibly hoodies or hats. Do you have an idea for a product you’d like to see slathered with our logo? Let us know in the comments.

One last note…

Thank you.

Allow us to present the best Craigslist ad of all time…

Craigslist is filled with good deals on cars, trucks, and a boat load of automotive parts. The problem is that a majority of the ads are clearly written by brain-damaged ocelots with a weak to poor grasp on standard grammar rules, sentence structure, and the concept of spelling. On top of that, the quality of the photography ranks below that of the pictures captured by your neighborhood peeping tom but above that of your average real estate agent who believes that tight shots of dirty cabinets are what will move the Johnson’s split-level townhouse.

Every now and then, however, there is an ad that stands above the rest. This ad shows that the seller possesses healthy brains cells, and a solid grasp of salesmanship. Such an ad has arrived in our inbox, and we’d be horrible people if we didn’t share it with you. Our facial hair would fall out, both men and women would reject our sexual advances (we’re equal opportunity here), and our driveways would be punished by playing host to an endless string of sub-compact cars from the early 90’s.

Since we don’t want that to happen, you need to click past the break to see the greatest Craigslist ad of all time.

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Video: Ride Apart takes a look at the $3,000 motorcycles of CCW

Friend of Redusernab Wes Siler and his compatriot Grant Ray are adding a bit of two-wheeled flair to the Drive network over on YouTube. In the latest installment, the HFL crew meets up with Scott Colosimo, who is the main man behind Cleveland CycleWerks. Wes, Grant, and Scott head out into the desert to see how these $3,000 motorcycles stack up.

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High-speed shenanigans in New Jersey [w/video] UPDATE

Jeff Glucker April 23, 2012 All Things Hoon

I love driving fast. That’s not something I try to hide, especially considering that I’m a founding member of a website called Redusernab. That said, I believe there’s both the appropriate time and place for enjoying all manner of automotive machine. Does that include the highway? It might, depending on the time of day, location of said stretch of road, and the level of traffic surrounding you. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never exceeded the speed limit.

Still, if you have a high-horsepower machine, and you want to truly test how capable it is, then you should take it to a race track. Out on public roads, you have to worry about everything from speeding tickets to … much worse. A lot of people think they are invincible though, so perhaps the speeding ticket is the only thing holding most people back from pressing the accelerator down until the speedometer ventures into uncharted territory. If you’re rich, you might not even worry about getting a ticket. Especially, if you’re part of a convoy being led by those whose job it is to hand out such infractions.

That seems to be the case for a recent down the Garden State Parkway towards Atlantic City. Apparently, a convoy of supercars were treated to stretches of excessive speed thanks to a pair of New Jersey State Troopers who led the way for the well-heeled crew. Witnesses stated that a group of 25 to 30 cars, made up of examples from Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari, were  being led and tailed by patrol cars with their lights flashing. Also, each car in the convoy had tape covering its license plate. The state’s Attorney General is now looking into the matter.

So were these hoons doing it very right or very wrong? Sound off in the comments, and click past the break to check out video of a similar run captured in 2010.

UPDATE: The New Jersey State Police have . (Thanks for the tip, MPGomatic!)

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